Taking a break in Spain over Christmas?

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For those heading to Spain for a short break, congratulations from us envious ones who won’t be able to travel for one reason or another.

Alicante – check the tests required and travel rules before booking

But you will have to jump through some hoops to get to the mainland, the Balearics or the Canaries because the rules changed on the 10th December.

Especially confusing is that there are two more tests that have been introduced as alternatives to the PCR or antigen tests, neither of which are readily available from many of the organisations offering testing.

The suruest provision is PCR testing and a number of suppliers are out there linked to airlines of airports.

The two tests are a TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification) swab test or a LAMP (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification) test. If you can find any organisation which provides these then the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Spain has placed the UK on its list of risk countries meaning that all travellers from the UK have to provide a negative test on arrival. This includes those with Spanish residency or who have flats, apartments or other properties in Spain.

Don’t forget that you also need to complete  ‘Health Control Form’ confirming that you have undertaken a PCR, TMA or LAMP test and that you have evidence that you will take to Spain with you certifying your results. The document you provide must be the original, be written in Spanish or English, and may be submitted in paper or electronic format. According to the FCDO Travel Advisory website, the certificate must contain:

  • name of passenger
  • passport number or ID card number (the number provided must match the one provided on the Health Control Form)
  • test date
  • name and contact details of the testing centre
  • testing method applied (i.e. PCR)
  • test results

You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival. Anyone who has not completed this form electronically via the Spain Travel Health website or app, may show it in paper version prior to boarding.

You may not be required to show the certificate but there will be random checks on arrival in Spain

Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a PCR, TMA or LAMP test at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain.

If you are booked into regulated tourist accommodation in the Canaries, you will be obliged to:

  • present an official, negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours earlier, when checking in to your accommodation. This can be the same test used to enter the Canary Islands providing you check-in within the 72 hours of having taken the test.
  • download and activate the Radar COVID notification app throughout your stay on the islands, and for 15 days after your return home.

These measures are specific to the Canary Islands and apply to all guests aged 6 years.

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